This extract is taken from the Warton Lecture in English Poetry, delivered by Professor Helen Vendler, on 17 May 2000.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in Review, January-July 2000.
In October 1998 the British Academy invited a number of distinguished academics and researchers to present papers at a one-day symposium designed to bring together a number of perspectives on the issue of educational standards. The resulting publication, ‘Educational Standards’, is the first serious attempt to bring together such a distinguished collection of contributions on the topic. In this extract, Dr Mike Cresswell considers the problem of using public examination results as monitors of changes in educational standards over time.
The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music is a joint project between Dr Margaret Bent FBA of the University of Oxford, and Professor Andrew Wathey of Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr Julia Craig-McFeely, the Project Manager, is developing the archive, database, web site and documentation for the project and undertaking digital photography (where photographs are not supplied by the library or archive concerned) and the enhancement and virtual restoration of images obtained. The aims are to digitize, archive and enhance images of British manuscripts of medieval polyphonic music, a rich and neglected repertory that survives mainly in fragmentary and often barely-legible
sources. Work on the first phase of the project began in 1998 with funding from the British Academy. The project directors here describe the work, and present examples of recent successes.
The British Academy aims to publish a regular account of its activities by means of its new biannual ‘Review’. This issue of the ‘Review’ covers events and activities that took place during the first six months of the year, up to and including the AGM which took place in early July 2000. This is the third issue of the ‘Review’.